Translated by: José Chaiça
Christmas as a weapon of resistance to Russia.
Seen as an historic achievement, some Ukrainian Orthodox celebrated, this year, Christmas on December 25th (instead of January 7th), as was traditional and also, as Russians do. In October the Ukrainian Orthodox Church had already allowed this change, in a decision linked with the current war and for political purposes. This act was thought as a way for the population to resist Russia, in a move away from the Moscow authorities and more towards Western tradition.
Still, Christmas has not brought a truce to Ukraine and the bombing continues. The city of Kherson was bombed, again, on the eve of the 25th, a date which marked ten months of fighting and resistance to the Russian invasion. Sixteen individuals were killed and more than fifty wounded were recorded, in this offensive. But even amid sirens and red alerts, the Ukrainians did not gave up and gathered in church to attend a Christmas mass, on the 25th December and for the first time.
China responds to Taiwanese provocations
The approval of the new 2023 US budget provides $10 billion to be earmarked for assistance and arms sales to Taiwan. The Chinese government, which were never fond of the Taiwanese-American relations, expressed strong dissatisfaction and opposition to this decision by Washington.
Despite US aid, Taiwan’s military capability is much smaller than that of China, and its air force has been hard pressed, following the approval of the new budget, and as Chinese planes fly regularly over Taiwanese territory. According to a statement read by the People’s Liberation Army spokesman, these military manoeuvres are a strong response to the growing collusion and provocations between the United States and the island’s authorities. The spokesman did not specify the exact location of those exercises, but released photographs which highlighted the approach of Chinese aircraft to the coast of Taiwan.
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